Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

The X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi from Gigabyte is a compact mini-ITX motherboard for builds with a small form factor that can serve anything from an HTPC to a full-fledged gaming PC, depending on the installed hardware. It has two M.2 slots (few other ITX motherboards have), fast RAM support, and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port on the back that can compete with some full-size ATX alternatives.

It also has a solid 8-phase VRM, WiFi 6 support, a 7.1-channel Realtek ALC1220-VB premium audio codec, and fast RAM support overclock up to DDR4 4400. The Aorus boards from Gigabyte are the company’s gaming and enthusiast range and typically include RGB LEDs, “armored” DIMM and/or PCIe slots, ESD protectors, and a stronger focus on optics.

Like other X570 motherboards, the Gigabyte Aorus X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi supports both the Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen 3000 series and has four SATA ports and two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots on the back. The two DIMM slots support up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM.

The Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro WiFi runs extremely stable, whether on factory settings or when overclocking. For a little over 200 euros, it offers you a large selection of functions and good all-around performance for high-quality compact AMD builds.

Features

  • Supports Ryzen CPUs up to the third generation
  • 8-phase voltage converter
  • Up to 64 GB of RAM
  • Realtek ALC 1220 audio
  • WLAN 802.11.ax support
  • 2x M.2 slot

Asus ROG Strix B450-I Gaming

You want almost the same range of functions as the Gigabyte board above, but for less money? Then check out this price-performance killer from Asus. 

The ASUS Strix B450-I Gaming is a high-end B450 motherboard with the latest functions and technologies. We get HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 (10 Gbit / s), and two M.2 slots. ASUS also uses a high-end Intel network card and a Realtek-based WIFI controller. 

The main advantages of this mITX motherboard are clearly three points. First, the high-quality voltage converters: The VRM on the motherboard is first class and uses the PoweIRstages from IR with a nominal output of 40 amperes each. In combination with the large heat sink, the VRM is well equipped to overclock Ryzen CPUs. In the Tweaktown test, the voltage converters did not get warmer than 50 ° C, but a good air supply is recommended when overclocking.\ \ The Asus board does not spoil the audio either: With the audio on a daughter board and the addition of two amplifiers (one for current and one for voltage), ASUS can offer high-quality audio equipment. The Nichicon audio capacitors are a nice addition, as are the RGB LEDs in the ports. Although you only get three audio jacks, these are all the more stylish.\ \ With two M.2 slots designed for x4 PCI-E 3.0, the motherboard is well equipped to take advantage of the latest memory technologies. Unfortunately, there are no premium features like Wifi6 support or Bluetooth-5, but you can’t complain about the price.

Thus, this compact 17x17cm ITX motherboard is perfect for almost every Ryuen build and receives the price-performance recommendation from us.

Features

  • Supports Ryzen CPUs up to the third generation
  • 6-phase voltage converter
  • Up to 64 GB of RAM
  • Realtek ALC 1220 audio
  • WLAN 802.11.ac support
  • 2x M.2 slot

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX

Ryzen fans get the AsRock Fatality B450 Gaming-ITX, which offers an excellent price-performance, even cheaper. The good OC potential (both RAM and CPU) and the fair price are completely convincing here.

The Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX / AC has an M.2 slot, WIFI, Intel LAN, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1, and 4x SATA3. There are also nice features like the 7.1 audio codecs from Realtek with integrated headphone amplifier and well-cooled voltage converters ( did not get warmer than 52 ° C in the Tweaktown test ).

The B450 Gaming-ITX / ac is aimed specifically at gamers, so power users should probably not complain too much that the I / O panel, despite the combination of four CPU-based and two B450-based ones, only sparsely with USB -Ports is populated. ASRock probably wanted more cold room for the voltage regulator. The inclusion of two USB 2.0 ports is absolutely ok since keyboards and mice can’t use a higher bandwidth standard anyway.

The VRM has a high number of components and should reliably supply your CPU together with the copper circuit board, decent induction coils, and a good heat sink and not throttle. The motherboard also has both main types of RGB-LED headers, a neutral color theme, and a header for AMD RGB-LED fans. The ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX / ac is an affordable high-end B450 Mini-ITX motherboard, of which there are not many in this form.

Only the somewhat sparse number of USB ports, the individual M.2 connection and the weaker WIFI module ensure that this ITX board is not perfect. For the price, it is almost.

Features

  • Supports Ryzen CPUs up to the third generation
  • 6-phase voltage converter
  • Up to 32 GB of RAM
  • Realtek ALC 1220 audio
  • WLAN 802.11.ac support
  • 1x M.2 slot

Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming

Intel platforms typically provide a great foundation for small form factor builds, and the Intel Z390 chipset continues this trend unabated. ASUS has equipped the latest Intel chipset with numerous features and a high-end specification, making it the ideal candidate for a miniature powerhouse.

If you’re looking for the smallest possible motherboard for an Intel build that doesn’t limit your CPU functions, then you should take a look at the Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming. With this ITX motherboard, you don’t have to make any compromises, neither in terms of functions nor performance.

You don’t even have to be satisfied with 32 GB of RAM. Thanks to Asus’ double capacity memory compatibility, you can have up to 64 GB of memory on the Z390-I Gaming. As with most Z390 boards, the price is unfortunately not for the faint of heart. So prepare for it.

But you also get something for the money here. The nice features of the ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming include two M.2 slots, numerous USB ports of all generations, integrated WiFi / Bluetooth 5, numerous RGB options, and a high-quality VRM with two large heat sinks. Also, there are practical debug LEDs, M.2 cooling, a well-integrated I / O panel, good audio, and great optics.

It’s hard to say negative things about ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I gaming, which is mostly a good thing. The design is well thought out and a sensible choice for anyone who wants to use the Mini-ITX platform with the latest Coffee Lake CPUs from Intel. Only the annoying AURA software twitches around sometimes, the M.2 cooling could be better, and an 8-phase VRM would have been appropriate here. Otherwise, it is worth the price.

Features

  • Supports Intel CPUs up to 9th generation
  • 6-phase voltage converter
  • Up to 64 GB of RAM
  • Realtek ALC 1220 audio
  • WLAN 802.11.ac support
  • 2x M.2 slot

MSI MPG Z390i Gaming Edge AC

It’s cheaper for Intel users with this candidate from MSI. To justify the lower price, an M.2 heat sink and a USB Type-C header, for example, are left out, and the audio chip and LAN module are a bit worse. Nevertheless, you get a perfect Mini IXT gaming motherboard with many extras.

A positive thing would be the two M.2 slots, which you don’t necessarily have to expect for the price. Also, the WiFi module offers you support for Bluetooth-5. In terms of connectivity, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Display port, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen.1, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen.2, 1 x Gigabit LAN, 2 WLAN antennas and a range of audio connections are available . There is also the good and reliable MSI BIOS.

In terms of performance, you get what you would expect from a Z390-based motherboard. In Funkykit’s benchmarks, the Gaming Edge achieved consistently decent results. One thing that really stands out is the overclocking potential of DDR4 memory up to a speed of 4800 MHz. With activated XMP 2.0 profiles, values ​​beyond 4300 MHz are realistic.

Admittedly, The Gigabyte Z390 I Aorus Pro Wifi * is an excellent alternative to the Gaming Edge AC, especially since you get better audio, LAN / Wifi, cooling, and USB-C.

For those who don’t mind: If you want to build a compact mini-ITX-based gaming PC that you can easily overclock, then take a serious look at the MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC. You won’t be disappointed with the performance, features, and overclocking ability.

Features

  • Supports Intel CPUs up to 9th generation
  • 6-phase voltage converter
  • Up to 64 GB of RAM
  • Realtek ALC892 audio
  • WLAN 802.11.ac support
  • 2x M.2 slot

Gigabyte B360N WIFI

Another fairly affordable Intel-based Mini-ITX motherboard is the B360N from Gigabyte. At just under 300$, it is not quite as cheap as a board with an H310 chipset, but it offers some other (useful) functions.

Because the Intel H310 chipset is pretty slimmed down, although they have two DIMM slots, H310 motherboards do not support two-channel configurations. Even if two memory modules are installed in an H310 motherboard, they will only run in a single-channel configuration (although that doesn’t make a significant difference in gaming performance).

Also, there are fewer SATA connections, and USB ports, Intel’s Optane technology and PCI 3.0 are also not supported. We therefore strongly advise against the extremely cheap H310 boards, especially for mini-ITX builds.

Especially since the B360 chipset of the Gigabyte B360N offers you all these functions and more. You get Wifi-ac, Bluetooth 5 support, a LAN controller from Intel, an M.2 slot, and 4x SATA 6GB. Unfortunately, there are only USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and a slimmed-down audio controller, but the B360N Wifi offers you everything you need for gaming.

Features

  • Supports Intel CPUs up to 9th generation
  • 6-phase voltage converter
  • Up to 32 GB of RAM
  • Realtek ALC887 audio
  • WLAN 802.11.ac support
  • 1x M.2 slot